Aug 1, 1976

Control of breathing in uremia: ventilatory response to CO2 after hemodialysis

Journal of Applied Physiology
R W HamiltonA P Fishman


The mechanisms responsible for the transient respiratory alkalosis which follows clinical hemodialysis were evaluated by studying the ventilatory response to carbon dioxide in chronic uremic patients, and in unanesthetized normal and chronic uremic goats. A significant increase in sensitivity to CO2 was found in acidotic uremic patients immediately (within 30 min) following hemodialysis (P less than 0.01). Sensitivity to CO2 returned to the predialysis value within 24 h. Lung volume and maximal breathing capacity were unchanged. A similar increase in sensitivity to CO2 was seen in nonacidotic uremic goats following hemodialysis. In the goats, these changes in sensitivity could not be explained by changes in cerebrospinal fluid acid-base status. Adding sufficient urea to the dialysate to prevent a fall in plasma urea concentration, eliminated this increase in sensitivity to CO2 in both uremic patients and goats. These results suggests that the transient respiratory alkalosis following hemodialysis is due to an increase in the sensitivity of the ventilatory response to carbon dioxide and is a consequence of dialysis-induced osmotic disequilibrium.

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